Hispanic Heritage Program Returns to SM North

Hispanic Heritage Program Returns to SM North
Shawnee Mission School District

This fall, Shawnee Mission North students presented the school’s 14th annual Hispanic Heritage Program.  This marked the first time the school presented the program since the pandemic began, sponsor Natalie Johnson-Berry shared.

A group of resilient, hardworking, and passionate students made it all possible, she added.

“I hope students feel pride that they are one community and all of our stories and cultures matter,” she added. “I want our students to learn and reflect on what makes their cultures special.”

Shawnee Mission North students collaborated on all aspects of the event, from organizing the run of the show to putting together presentations. Some students dedicated time to making decorations. Others choreographed dances to present to the audience. The event also included poetry, senior tributes, and a variety of musical performances.

Attendees were also treated to presentations from community members. Yessica Orozco, who performed in “La Voz US” in 2019,  shared musical performances. Vania Soto, a local visual artist, was a featured Community Speaker.   

As outlined in the event program, the school’s traditional program “was created to honor the Hispanic culture and differences in the culture.”

“Students can come and share their different and traditional talents with others around them,” program organizers wrote. “We celebrate our diversity and the diversity here at North.”